According to statistics, most “active shooter” attacks in the United States end within five minutes. The mass shooting inside a Uvalde, Texas elementary school lasted an hour. Police said they were waiting for backup before going inside while the gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers. Parents are furious and questioning whether a quicker response could have saved lives.
Here is the timeline of how things unfolded that day:
11:28 a.m. - 18-year-old shooter's Ford pickup slammed into a ditch behind elementary school in Uvalde, Texas
12 minutes later...... Shooter, carrying an AR-15-style rifle, was in the hallways of Robb Elementary School. Soon after he entered a 4th grade classroom.
1:06 p.m. - Police announce the shooter has been killed
A block of time between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. has not been accounted for. Officials are requesting a federal investigation into why police waited so long to enter the school. Videos have emerged of parents begging police to go inside.